When you think about Paris, before you think of the Eiffel tower, you think of Coco Chanel – if you don’t then you have to work up on your fashion mojo. Though style and fashion are not really synonyms, they pretty much depend on one another. Knowing that fashion is a big industry with great influence, we all know that there are centers of that influence – fashion capitals. There are five most important ones: Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Tokyo. These cities master and lead the fashion world globally. Why these cities are known as the fashion capitals of the world?
Paris is the home of fashion and some of the most important designers in the world.
The city holds the huge and prestigious Fashion Week held bi-annually where it hosts famous French designers as well as local and international brands. “Besides New York Fashion Week, no other fashion event in the world attracts more fashion royalty,” the Fashion Schools says, a website that introduces Fashion design schools, stylists, fashion models and fashion designers.
Paris, known as the City of the Light, has some of the major fashion schools around the world. According to the above-mentioned Fashion Schools website, the leading French fashion schools are Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale, Istituto Marangoni and ESMOD-Paris which are present in 15 countries around the world.
In 2015, according to the Global Language Monitor (GLM) survey, Milan’s ranking among the Fashion Capitals rose from the 12th to the 6th place in the list. As well as a leading capital in the world of fashion, Milan hosts one of the largest fashion weeks in the world: the Milan Fashion Week.
Not to mention that Italy has major fashion schools like Istituto Marangoni and Accademia Koefia, two schools among many others that conquer the top 50 fashion schools in the world.
Additionally, several well-known and famous brands are Italian and attend the Fashion Week such as Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Moschino, and Versace. Highsnobiety is a daily news website stating that these houses are considered as “fashion legends and still inspire legions of designers and brands to this day.”
Los Angeles, California
A fashion hub, Los Angeles is one of the rising capitals in fashion. The city hosts LA Fashion Week, the region’s top fashion show. According to fashion schools, LA Fashion Week grabs more than 20,000 visitors and several brands from around the world.
Besides its Fashion Week, Los Angeles is also a center for some of the most prominent fashion schools in the world such as Otis College of Art and Design and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), among others.
Meanwhile, the Californian designers are taking their place in the fashion world; designers like Pamela Skaist-Levy, the co-founder of Juicy Couture, Cynthia Vincent, the founder of Twelfth Street, and Rick Owens are only a few examples.
According to Elle, a worldwide French lifestyle magazine, famous brands are rising up to shape LA fashion scene such as Re/Dun, Gladys Tamez Millinery, That’s Totally Fine by Rose La Grua and others.
According to Highsnobiety, fresh talents are beginning to shine in Germany such as Sadak, Simon Freund, and Hien Le while the other brands like Voo, The Store and Andreas Murkidis keep up with the fashion nowadays.
In addition to up-to-date talents, Berlin offers the world the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week that was established in 2007.
Germany also has major fashion schools mostly in Berlin such as Universitat der Kunste Berlin, Lette Verein School of Design and ESMOD Berlin.
It is only worthy to say that we should not forget the famous brands that shaped the fashion in Germany just as Karl Lagerfeld, Hugo Boss and Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley (Munich), the founders of Escada.
Tokyo Fashion Week is an important event that famous fashion designers and brands in the region excitedly wait for it. Tokyo’s Fashion is known to be odd, strange and trendy.
The Fashion Schools website states that Tokyo has many fashion schools and institutions such as Issey Miyake (one of my favourite designers ever) (Tama Art University). Not to mention Bunka Fashion College, one of the most important schools in the world, which made prominent designers like Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe, and Yohji Yamamoto.
Any fashion capitals you have in mind? Do let us know in the comment section below!
Chloe is a beauty and health enthusiast from Adelaide, Australia. Regular contributor at HighStyleLife and The Fashion Culte Magazine. Equestrian, and a mum-to-be. In love with koalas and Sicily.